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  • JL-9 Solution
    JL-9 Solution March 23 2020
    Aircraft carrier power is increasing worldwide. Described as a separate capability in aviation, the ship-based aircraft operation also creates the need for special equipment. China, which tries to become one of the world's leading aircraft carrier powers, continues its works without interruption. Beijing, which has commissioned the first two ships and continues the construction of the third, takes measures to meet the increasing need for aircraft and pilots. In this context...
  • Additional Jet Trainer
    Additional Jet Trainer March 23 2020
    The advanced jet trainers approaching the end of their economic life. So they will leave their places to new ones. The US Air Force also chose the T-7A Red Hawks in the past months to replace the T-38 Talons in its inventory. For the transition to new platforms, the USA launched the Reforge Proof of Concept (RFX) process to provide advanced training in specific areas with modern training aircraft. In this process, a limited amount of aircraft procurement is planned.
  • Azerbaijani Advanced Jet Trainer Acquisition
    Azerbaijani Advanced Jet Trainer Acquisition February 25 2020
    Carrying out studies on replace its Soviet-style vehicles with Western systems, Azerbaijan has announced a new platform to replace the advanced jet traininer in its inventory. Baku will replace the L-39 Albatros advanced jet trainer, which have been in service for many years, with Leonardo M-346s. Within the scope of the procurement process announced by President Heydar Aliyev, number of M-346s to acquire, supply schedule and costs were not specified. In May...
  • Thai Air Force Releases Wish List for The Next Decade
    Thai Air Force Releases Wish List for The Next Decade February 22 2020
    The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has set out its procurement priorities for the upcoming decade; transport aircraft, combat search-and-rescue helicopters, and light attack aircraft are on the top of the list. RTAF’s long term plans include new fighters to replace the ageing fleet. RTAF plans to replace its Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules transport aircraft fleet. The new aircraft will require to be compatible with Thailand’s Link T data link system. This is a process that...
  • Spain Acquires 24 PC-21 Aircraft
    Spain Acquires 24 PC-21 Aircraft February 1 2020
    Pilatus Aircraft announced that Spain had ordered 24 Pilatus PC-21 single-engine turboprop trainers to replace its obsolete Casa C-101 Aviojets used since 1980. The contract is worth €204.75 million and calls for the first six aircraft to be delivered by March. The Spanish Air Force, Ejército del Aire, is the third European air force to opt for the Swiss-produced PC-21, the Next Generation Trainer.  
  • Saab Starts T-7A Aircraft Production
    Saab Starts T-7A Aircraft Production January 26 2020
    Saab has started assembly production of its section of the T-7A aircraft, the advanced trainer developed and produced together with Boeing for the United States Air Force. Saab is responsible for the development and production of the aft fuselage section for the advanced trainer. Boeing is the designated prime contractor for the T-7A advanced pilot training system acquisition by the U.S. Air Force. Saab and Boeing developed the aircraft with Saab as a risk-sharing partner.
  • Serial Production Time for T-7A Red Hawk
    Serial Production Time for T-7A Red Hawk January 21 2020
    The United States announced that the T-7A Red Hawk aircraft were chosen as the platform to replace the T-38 Talon advanced jet trainers in the last quarter of 2019. As a partner of Boeing in the program, Saab announced that the serial production phase has started for the aft fuselage section. Saab stated that the parts of the platforms that on their shares will be manufactured in the facilities located in Linköping in the first place. The company, which is respon...
  • Spain to Buy 24 Pilatus PC-21 Turboprop Trainers for €205M
    Spain to Buy 24 Pilatus PC-21 Turboprop Trainers for €205M November 29 2019
    Spain will acquire 24 Pilatus PC-21 turboprop training aircraft to replace its Casa Aviojet C-101 jet trainers. Spain’s decision was announced on Nov. 26 on the government’s procurement platform, Plataforma de Contratacion del Sector Publico (PCSP). The first six PC-21s and one simulator are to be delivered by March 2020 to allow training of the first eight instructors. The PC-21 will be known as E.27 in Spanish service. According to PCSP, Pilatus will supply 2...
  • Tunisia to Buy T-6C Texan Trainer Aircraft from US October 15 2019
    Tunisia to buy 12 -6C Texan Trainer Aircraft from US. The US State Department has approved a Foreign Military Sale to Tunisia for 12 T-6C Texan trainer aircraft made by Textron Aviation Defence for an estimated cost of $234 million. The offer also includes spare parts, support equipment and logistics support. The proposed sale will replace Tunisia's aging trainer fleet and allow Tunisia to continue training pilots to support Tunisia's counter-terrorism and border security missions. Th...
  • ASELSAN Touch on Albatros
    ASELSAN Touch on Albatros October 8 2019
    Ukraine has modernized 16 of the L-39 Albatros aircraft in its inventory. ASELSAN took part in the program which was carried out within the scope of upgrade of advanced jet trainer with a work share of 8%. Following the modernization, AI-25 engines of L-39M1 Albatross were modified and upgraded to AI-25TLSH. The acceleration and climbing speed capabilities of the Albatros have been improved thanks to the increased thrust of engines. Three of the platforms which all of them integrate...
  • Ukraine may Buy Super Tucano
    Ukraine may Buy Super Tucano August 21 2019
      A Ukrainian Air Force Delegation visited Brazil to study the possible purchase of the Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano according to Brazil-based infodefensa.com. The Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano, also named A-29, is a Brazilian turboprop light attack aircraft designed and built by Embraer as a development of the Embraer EMB 312 Tucano. The Super Tucano can be used for both the trainer role and as a light attack aircraft. The aircraft is powered by a 1,200 kW (...
  • Aim is 2023 for HÜRJET August 9 2019
    In the first part of the Hürjet interview published on the 75th issue of our magazine, we discussed the general expectations about the aircraft. In this issue, we discussed the differences of Hürjet from its competitors in the market. What features will be available on a jet trainer aims to train pilots for fifth generation multi-role fighter? We will find the answer to this question in this interview. C4Defence: Will the Özgür Program, whic...
  • Argentina will Procure FA-50 Platform
    Argentina will Procure FA-50 Platform July 22 2019
    Argentina has been approved to supply supersonic FA-50 light attack aircraft from the Korean Aerospace Industry (KAI). According to the news services in the Republic of Korea, KAI will deliver a total of 10 platforms, two in 2020 and eight in 2021. The contract will hold a total of US $ 200 million, including one simulator, and payment is scheduled for ten years. FA-50 Platform is derived from the Lockheed Martin’s F-16 aircraft and it has supersonic capability. Aircraft is combat ...
  • HÜRJET with Jet Speed July 11 2019
    TUSAŞ, started Hürkuş, MMU (Milli Muharip Uçak-TFX) and jet trainer HÜRJET projects with the information they gathered from its first indegenious aircraft project ZİU (Zirai İlaçlama Uçağı-Agricultural Spraying Aircraft). HÜRJET has passed the first critical phase; Preliminary Design Review (PDR). Training Aircrafts Program Manager Yasin Kuygusuz and HÜRJET Chief Engineer Arda Güngör told us about the HÜRJET. C4Def...
  • T-X Starts EMD Flight Trial July 3 2019
      Boeing has begun Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) flight trials of the T-X trainer aircraft it has developed with partner Saab for the US Air Force.  The first EMD sortie, which was announced by the company on 1 July, involved Boeing T-X aircraft N381TX flying out of the company's St Louis facility in Missouri. With two EMD aircraft so far built, 71 test flights were flown between December 2016 and December 2018. Since then, Boeing and Saab h...
  • More Jet Trainers to the Mediterranean
    More Jet Trainers to the Mediterranean June 21 2019
      Recently, Italy, one of the countries on the Mediterranean coast where tensions are at an extreme stage, ordered a jet trainer.  Under the agreement signed with Leonardo for the Italian Air Force, 13 M345HET (High Efficiency Trainer) will be procured. With the agreement signed for aircraft that will replace the old MB339s, the company will provide logistical support for five years, as well as ground-based training systems. Planes to be delivered in 20...
  • Leonardo to Deliver Additional M-345 Trainers to Italian Air Force
    Leonardo to Deliver Additional M-345 Trainers to Italian Air Force June 14 2019
    Leonardo has been awarded EUR300 million to deliver a further 13 Alenia M-345 High Efficiency Trainer (HET) aircraft to the Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI). The service has a total requirement for 45 such aircraft to replace its MB-339s and augment its M-346s. The contract, announced on 13 June, adds to the five aircraft previously ordered under plans to replace the AMI's current 137 MB-339s and augment its 18 M-346s. Deliveries of the first five M-345s ar...
  • KAI to  Upgrade Thai T-50 THs
    KAI to  Upgrade Thai T-50 THs May 30 2019
      Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) announced on 24th that the company concluded a deal, worthy of approximately US $52million with the Royal Thai Air Force. The deal aims to equip the T-50 TH Jet trainers which RTAF operates with radars and the RWR, CMDS. The contract includes such follow-up and support as training, repairing parts and support equipment. The RTAF expects that the third contract could raise the performance of its T-50TH and further, will keep...
  • Digital Vision for Hürjet Pilots
    Digital Vision for Hürjet Pilots April 30 2019
    TAI exhibits its Hürjet jet trainer at IDEF’19. The system is displayed at the stand with its cockpit hardware visible and it has been observed that it has a digital cockpit. In addition to the digital cockpit system which increases pilots’ situational awareness and allows more parameters to be monitored simultaneously, HOTAS equipment in the aircraft also attracts attention.
  • First Saudi Hawk Rolled Out
    First Saudi Hawk Rolled Out April 2 2019
    Saudi Arabia, rolled out the the country's first Hawk Mk 165 advanced jet trainer aircraft manufactured under license, with a ceremony. The ceremony was held at the King Abdulaziz Air Base, and the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was also attended. Prince told that during ceremony the program is an important milestone in the country's Vision 2030 Program. The Saudi Royal Air Force, which already has Mk 65 and Mk65A models in its inventory, ordered the first Mk165 AJT pack...
  • Ukrainian Air Force Renewing
    Ukrainian Air Force Renewing January 8 2019
    During high military tension in 2018, Ukraine has continued to renew its army. Ukroboronprom announced the country's activities in 2018. Within the scope of the modernization works carried out in 2018, 50 aircraft were renewed and delivered to the Ukrainian Air Force. In addition to the Su-27, MiG-29, Su-25, Su-25 combat jets, the An-26 and Il-76 transport aircraft, L-39 jet trainer, Mi-24, Mi-14 and Mi-8 helicopters were modernized. Ukroboronprom is not only modernize...
  • Sino-Turkish Competition at IDEAS
    Sino-Turkish Competition at IDEAS December 8 2018
    Organised in Karachi, the capital of Pakistan’s Sindh state, IDEAS Defence Exhibition witnessed a veiled competition between Turkey featuring the largest participation in scope and China, which sought benefits from time-honoured relations based on infrastructure.   Suppliers from the two countries not only competed for exhibition area or number of visitors; they also made huge efforts to develop relations. While contracts signed between China Shipbuilding Indust...
  • TUSAS Press Release
    TUSAS Press Release November 26 2018
    Turkish Aerospace will participate at the 10th edition of International Defence and Exhibition Seminar (IDEAS) which will take place between November 27-30, 2018 in Karachi / Pakistan. Turkish Aerospace will display its wide range of products: “T129 ATAK” Multirole Combat Helicopter, “ANKA” Multirole UAV System, “HÜRKUŞ” Advanced Trainer, “T625” Multirole Helicopter, “TF” Turkish Fighter and “TÜRKSAT 6A” Communi...
  • Italian M-346 Flies Non-Stop to Qatar
    Italian M-346 Flies Non-Stop to Qatar November 23 2018
    An Italian Air Force Aermacchi M-346 jet trainer has flown non-stop to the Persian Gulf in order to promote aircraft to three gulf countries Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait. The aircraft, accompanied by two F-2000A Eurofighters and a Boeing KC-767A tanker, was on a 10-day promotional tour of the Gulf. The non-stop transit flights were part of aircraft promotion as M-346 is only training aircraft that has refuelling capability in flight.   The T-346 (the Italian Ai...
  • Korea and Spain to Barter Aircraft
    Korea and Spain to Barter Aircraft November 7 2018
    The Republic of Korea and Spain have started negotiations for a possible procurement. A barter decision may be taken from the ongoing training aircraft procurement process of Spain.   In the ongoing talks, it was reported that Korea was discussing the purchase of A400M transport aircraft in response to the already-continuing training aircraft procurement programme of Spain. Talks are expected to be completed within this week.   Spain ordered 2...
  • US Navy Approves Testing 3D Printed Metal Part At Sea
    US Navy Approves Testing 3D Printed Metal Part At Sea October 12 2018
    US Navy stated that a prototype drain strainer orifice assembly will be installed on USS Harry S. Truman for a one-year long test and evaluation trial. The test articles passed functional and environmental testing, which included material, welding, shock, vibration, hydrostatic and operational steam, and will continue to be evaluated while installed within a low temperature and low pressure saturated steam system. After the test and evaluation period, the prototype assembly will be ...
  • China's FTC-2000G Conducts Maiden Flight October 1 2018
    The AVIC FTC-2000G has conducted its maiden flight from Anshun Airport southwest China's Guizhou Province. The first flight took place on 28 September. The FTC-2000G was developed by the Guizhou Aviation Industry Corporation under the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). The aircraft, based on the FTC-2000 advanced jet trainer, is now multi-functional military aircraft and has a ground attack, combat, and daily training capability and is targeted at the international...
  • Boeing to Replace T-38
    Boeing to Replace T-38 September 29 2018
    Boeing announced on 27 September it won the US Air Force’s lucrative T-X trainer contract. Boeing beat out Lockheed Martin and a Leonardo-CAE-Honeywell team to replace the USAF's ageing Northrop T-38 Talon trainers. Boeing and Saab AB teamed to offer a clean sheet aircraft with Triumph Group providing the wing, vertical tail, and horizontal tail structures. Lockheed Martin teamed with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to offer KAI's T-50A. The Leonardo team offered its T-100....
  • FTC-2000G Export-Version Aircraft Rolls Off Production Line September 7 2018
    China’s Guizhou Aviation Industry Corporation under the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has started production of its new export-oriented FTC-2000G lightweight multirole combat aircraft. The new light attack aircraft is expected to make its first flight by the end of September according to official Chinese government media. The FTC-2000G was developed to meet the demand of the international market. The company has full independent intellectual propert...
  • Motor Sich Defends AI-222 Turbofan Trade With China August 22 2018
    Ukrainian jet engine manufacturer, Motor Sich, has countered an article published by The Washington Times on the former’s export of its AI-222 turbofan engine to China. On August 15, the daily published an article where the author, mentions that "critics say the Trump administration should pressure Ukraine to halt the engine sales along with other military transfers to China." The publication reportedly criticizes Motor Sich's 2016 contract on the supply of 250 e...
  • L-159T2 Made Maiden Flight
    L-159T2 Made Maiden Flight August 13 2018
    Czech Aero Vodochody announced that the T2 model of the L-159 advanced jet trainer made its maiden flight. The first flight of the 6028 tail numbered flight lasted 30 minutes. In the T2 model, the front and center fuselage hass been renewed. Improvements were made to the fuel system. Indicators became suitable with NVG (Night Vision Goggle). Two MFDs (Multi Function Display) integrated to each cockpit. Ejection seats were replaced with a more advanced model of the VS-...
  • China has Taken Delivery of New Aircraft
    China has Taken Delivery of New Aircraft August 6 2018
    The People's Liberation Army Navy has taken new aircraft. 12 JL-10H advanced jet trainer pack launched at the ceremony which held in Naval Aeronautical University will take part in the training of pilots who will serve in the Chinese Navy. The Chinese Navy has gone through new steps in pilot training programs. In this context, PLAN transferred pilot training to Naval Aeronautical University and dropped the training process to two stages after the university. ...
  • Czech Nominee for Light Attack
    Czech Nominee for Light Attack July 17 2018
    Aero Vodochody announced that the new variant of L-159 jet trainer is developing. The platform, called F/A-259 Striker, is being developed for the USAF for OA-X light attack aircraft. In June, the company signed a cooperation agreement with IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries) for the development of an advanced variant of the L-159, the new platform will be ready for delivery in 2020. This platform will be equipped with a fourth generation avionics suite. Company also noted that t...
  • TAI presents Hurjet Mock-up at FAS
    TAI presents Hurjet Mock-up at FAS July 16 2018
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) unveiled a mock-up for Turkey’s jet trainer/light attack aircraft for the first time at Farnborough Air show, (FAS)which started in the U.K. today The Hurjet aircraft mock-up , is expected to make its first flight in 2023, TAI announced in a statement. Hurjet will be 13.4 meters long with a wingspan of 11 meters, and it will provide environmental security in offensive operations. The main aim of the project is to replace Turkish Air...
  • Hurjet at Farnborough
    Hurjet at Farnborough July 16 2018
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) is exhibiting the mock-up of the Hürjet advanced jet traininer at the Farnborough Air Show for the first time. The platform, which is being developed to meet the requirements of the fifth generation jet trainer, will be equipped with advanced task computers. A name has not yet been announced for the Hürjet's propulsion system, the aircraft is about 13.4 meters long and have an 11-foot wingspan. It is planned to be able to re...
  • First Hürkuş Aircrafts Ready
    First Hürkuş Aircrafts Ready June 19 2018
    The first Hürkuş aircrafts to be delivered to the Turkish Air Force unveiled. Following the session organized by TAI facilities and attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, TAI's manufacturing lines were visited along with the participants. Hürkuş B trainers to be delivered to the Turkish Air Force on the production line showed. The first four of the 15 aircrafts to be delivered at the first pack, the scorpion insignia of the 122nd fleet, where they will s...
  • Hürjet's Mock-Up Unveiled
    Hürjet's Mock-Up Unveiled June 19 2018
    A full-size model of the Hürjet platform, which design works in progress by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) , has unveiled. A session was organized at the TAI facilities, attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Full scale models of various vehicles exhibited in the especially designed area. Among these models, jet trainer Hürjet's full scale model also took place for the first time. Hürjet is also planned to be used in close air support missi...
  • TAI PRESS RELEASE
    TAI PRESS RELEASE May 25 2018
    Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kazakhstan Aviation Industry (KAI) regarding to bilateral cooperation of “ANKA” UAV System and “HÜRKUŞ” New Generation Advanced Trainer at the KADEX 2018.
  • TAI to Participate KADEX 2018
    TAI to Participate KADEX 2018 May 22 2018
    Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TAI) will participate in the V. International Exhibition of Weapon Systems and Military Equipment (KADEX 2018) which will be held in Astana, Kazakhstan between May 23-26, 2018. Our company will showcase “ANKA” Multirole UAV System, “HÜRKUŞ” New Generation Basic Trainer, “T129 ATAK” Multirole Combat Helicopter, and “T625” Multirole Helicopter and Turkish Fighter (TF) models. Having played an activ...
  • TAI Announcement May 22 2018
    Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TAI) will participate in the V. International Exhibition of Weapon Systems and Military Equipment (KADEX 2018) which will be held in Astana, Kazakhstan between May 23-26, 2018 with “ANKA” Multirole UAV System, “HÜRKUŞ” New Generation Basic Trainer, “T129 ATAK” Multirole Combat Helicopter, and “T625” Multirole Helicopter and Turkish Fighter (TF) models. You may reach the relevant press release her...